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Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.

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Dublin - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Marking the World Day, Ireland

Event report

The National Committee for October 17 in Ireland marked the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the Human Rights and Poverty Commemorative Stone beside the Famine Memorial in Dublin before a large audience comprising people in poverty and those who support them.

The event witnessed an artistic installation of 700 small stones surrounding the "Mother Stone" next to the Famine Statues. Each of these 700 stones carried a message of hope or remembrance and was created by citizens from deprived areas in Dublin and beyond. Nationwide teachers and students also prepared #WishingStones to “add their stone” to the Dublin October 17 Stone in a social media campaign.

In addition, at least 20 events in Ireland and abroad were held involving Irish citizens in the observance of the United Nations' International Day of the Eradication of Poverty. A National Programme for Ireland was prepared by the Irish 17 October Committee with the support of a grant from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection under the UN Day Awareness Initiative.

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, wrote a message to mark the World Day which you can read in the pdf document below.

The commemoration event was followed later that evening in the Mansion House residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin by the launch of the book, Voices for Dignity, which  offers a collection of testimonies, photographs and speeches that collectively illustrate a visual and written history of the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin. The launch included the singing of songs of freedom and dignity, and the reading of extracts from the book. You can download "Voices For Dignity" here: http://17october.ie/…/uploads/2018/10/Voices4Dignity-WebVer…

The National Programme had commenced on 9th October with the opening of the "Your Rights are Written in Stone" Exhibition  in the EPIC-CHQ Building on Custom House Quay and presentation of the 2018 End Poverty Day T-Shirt. The Exhibition was launched by David Donoghue, former Irish Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and Seanie Lambe, Chair of the Inner City Organisations Network (ICON).

To view the full National Programme for events in Ireland marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, see the pdf document below.

We share with you some photographic memories of these inspiring events.

You can also find texts shared on that Day in an attached document.

Event description

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the laying of the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin on the occasion of the World Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17.

Three major events will be held as follows:

1. Changing Hearts and Minds to Leave No One Behind

First Irish Leave No One Behind Summit: The Leave No One Behind Summit will mark Zero Hunger Day (16 October) and End Poverty Day (17 October). The Summit is prepared by All Together in Dignity Ireland (ATD) with the support of Concern Worldwide.   The Summit is the final event of the 2018 'Leave No One Behind Conversations' series (visit www.leavenoonebehind.ie). The aim of the conversations was to engage Irish citizens in a public debate about ways to walk the talk of the promise included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (visit www.globalgoals.org and www.dccae.gov.ie) The event will be hosted by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on Tuesday, October 16. The Master of Ceremony will be Hugh Frazer, first director of the Irish Combat Poverty Agency and EU expert in social policies.   Possible livestream of the Summit on Facebook or Youtube. The hashtags for the event are #LNOBsummit #Ireland4SDGs and #LeaveNoOneBehind

To register, go to:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-2018-leave-no-one-behind-summit-tickets-...

For background to this event, see:

http://www.atdireland.ie/wp/lnobsummit/

2. The annual national community gathering marking the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty will take place around the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin on October 17 commencing at 11.00am. This year’s event will be special as the participants will be invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the Stone.

3. The anniversary commemoration will be followed later that evening by the launch of the book, "Voices for Dignity", marking 10 years of contributions by people resisting poverty and those that support them at the Stone in Dublin, as well as a sing-along, to be held in the Mansion House, Dublin at 7.00pm. Extracts from the book will be read and choirs will join the participants to sing songs of freedom and dignity. The event will be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Niall Ring.  

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